Even though the guy missed, Steve Ballmer might still end up with egg on his face. If the Microsoft CEO fails again to acquire Yahoo, he might do well to open his own diner since he always seems to have a ready supply of eggs.

This time they came his way in Hungary. While giving a speech Monday at Corvinus University in Budapest, an audience member, reportedly angered over a pending deal between Microsoft and the Hungarian government, began hurling Halloweenian huevos. Monkey Boy’s apish skills were in full swing as he ducked and dodged the foul projectiles. Would it surprise you that the whole
egg-tossing incident
was caught on video?

Ballmer’s latest monkey business was all part of TITAN, a project initiated by Microsoft to train highly skilled IT professionals and create an electronic information society among tens of thousands of workers across Europe. According to reports, the egg-man had “Microsoft = Corruption” written on the back of his shirt, and was alleging (in Hungarian) that the company was stealing millions from the country’s taxpayers. The plan is estimated to cost around 40 million euros, but is being funded mostly by the European Union. Kick-off is scheduled for January, 2009.

Ballmer was forced to hide behind the lectern, and was clearly shaken by the bombardment. Once the shelling stopped, he quickly regained his composure. “It was a friendly disruption,” he said after the man was escorted from the room, which drew laughs from the crowd of about two hundred. “That broke my train of thought,” he added, before resuming his speech.

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